The Silver Searcher is a free and open source, cross platform source code searching tool similar to ack (a grep-like tool for programmers) but faster. It runs on Mac, Linux and Windows operating systems.
The major difference between the silver searcher and ack is that the former is designed for speed, and benchmark tests prove that it is indeed faster.
If you spend a lot of time reading and searching through your code, then you need this tool. It aims at being fast and ignoring files that you don’t want to be searched.
Visit https://github.com/ggreer/the_silver_searcher to see how to install and use the tool.
Command-line tools like “top” make it difficult to see CPU usage across multi-process applications (like Apache and Chrome), spikes over time, and memory usage. Vtop is a free and open-source activity monitor for the command line. It’s written in node.js and can be easily extended.
How to install
If you haven’t already got Node.js, then download that first, then run:
sudo npm install -g vtop
This is pretty simple too.
It is quite a cool application to have in our tool chest.
You-Get is a tiny command-line utility to download media contents (videos, audios, images) from the Web. Download videos / audios from popular websites such as YouTube, Youku, Niconico, and a bunch more. (See the full list of supported sites).
Install it using pip or brew for Mac:
Syncthing is a continuous file synchronization program. It synchronizes files between two or more computers in real time, safely protected from prying eyes. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, whether it is shared with some third party, and how it’s transmitted over the internet.
It is available for Mac, PC, Linux and Android. Head to https://syncthing.net/downloads/ to download your free copy today.
OpenSnitch is a GNU/Linux port of the Little Snitch application firewall.
OpenSnitch does is track internet requests made by applications you have installed. OpenSnitch allows you to create rules for which apps to allow to access the internet and which to block. Each time an application that does not have a rule in place tries to access the internet, a dialog box appears. This dialog box gives you the option to allow or block the connection.
You can also decide whether this new rule applies to the process, the exact URL it is attempting to reach, the domain that it is attempting to reach, to this single instance, to this session or forever.
For more how to install and use check out https://github.com/evilsocket/opensnitch
I get thrilled while using the lastest OS on the oldest hardware which makes things faster. When you install Peppermint 10 OS on any old laptop/desktop it will be screaming fast. As for Peppermint OS 10 itself, it’s based on Ubuntu LTS (Long-Term Support) code, and that means it’s stable and officially supported until 2023. It packs the Linux kernel 5.0 and a few really nice touches under the hood like an ad-blocker, as well as ICE, a utility that transforms a website or web app into a standalone browser-based application that integrates right into the system menus and desktop. Peppermint OS also includes menu links to Microsoft’s various Office Online apps; a nice addition to ease friction for people who aren’t ready to escape the Windows ecosystem just yet. I cannot recommend this further try out yourself. You can download it from https://peppermintos.com/.